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Strong Surge in Third-Party Candidate Filings
Voters are disgusted with Tweedle-dum, Tweedle-dee corporatist Democrats and their twins, the Republicans. In Washington state independent candidates from newly invented parties with creative names, as well as the Greens and Libertarians, are on the ballot for their upcoming state primary, including the "Neither Party," the "Bull Moose Party" and the "Lower Taxes Party." Around thirty such candidates are listed on the ballot for the August 17 primary.
The state has a primary system allowing the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, to advance to the general election. Candidates on the ballot can be listed as "preferring" any party, including those with whimsical names (I’m still waiting to hear my favorite: The Best Party) California has a similar new primary process.
Third party candidates in many other states, including Missouri are surging. in Massachusetts, Jill Stein, from the Green-Rainbow Party is gaining surprisingly strong support in recent polls.
Commenting on the surge in filings in Washington State, political scientist Todd Donovan says,
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